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I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned my love of quotes before on this blog. I collect them, and have done so for years. I have them organized by subjects as well as by speakers or authors. I can’t tell you how many times a week I reach for my Martin Luther King, Jr. collection of quotes. This man possessed so much wisdom and depth and articulated that wisdom with class.
Had Martin Luther King, Jr. been born the year he died, I fully believe he would have a different title today: President Martin Luther King, Jr.
Below are some of my favorite quotes:
“All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality. ”
“All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. “
“I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. “
“The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. “
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. ”
“…And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. ” (From a speech given the day before he was murdered.)
“When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.”
“Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ “
I encourage you to read more about Martin Luther King, Jr. His was a fascinating life, albeit one that ended way too soon.
Make each moment count double,